The Department of Transportation has put into effect new rules for airlines when a plane is stuck on a tarmac (airport runway) during a long delay, in an effort to protect passengers. These rules were designed to prevent travelers from spending more than 3 hours without food and water while departing or arriving to airports within the US. Airlines that break these rules could receive a fine of up to $27,500 per passenger. Bad weather, which is the main cause for delays, is not a valid excuse for airlines under the new rules.
According to airline executives, the new rules could add up to more cancellations. Airlines may be forced to cancel flights instead of delaying them.
“For the most part, I think the new rules will be positive for travelers since now they will be able to go back to the terminal sooner, walk around, and have something to eat or drink. However, there may be situations where I foresee travelers getting upset when they get their flight cancelled and there are no later flights available. In those cases, I think there will be more people sleeping at the airport, or staying in a nearby hotel or alternative lodging.” said Alfredo Purrinos, CEO of Rentalo.com “By the way, Rentalo’s free destination-based inquiry service is proven to be a very useful tool for travelers searching for last-minute accommodations. All they have to do is click the “INQUIRE NOW” link on any destination, complete a short inquiry form, and within minutes they can get calls and emails from owners that can pick them up from the airport and drive them to their lodge.”
With bookings for summer flights filling up quickly, the next few months will be the real test of whether the new rules will mean less misery for travelers. Have you planned your summer vacation yet? If not, start your planning today! Let Rentalo help you find a great place to stay for your next vacation.